6 Tips on How to Save
on Landscaping Your Garden
Landscaping your yard can be an expensive proposition. Beyond the cost of labor, the materials needed for extensive landscaping can really begin to affect your overall budget. To translate your vision into a viable landscaping
design that can then become a reality takes imagination, creative talent and a broad base of both horticulture knowledge and architectural skills. Here are a few
tips to help you save money on your landscaping without sacrificing the quality
and desired beauty.
Tip 1: Make sure you have a plan
Do not skip or skimp on this all-to-important this step. The landscaping plan or design is like a
roadmap. This should be the foundation of your project that will show the
structure of your garden as well aid in estimating the costs, time and effort
required to accomplish your dream. A well thought out design is worth its weight
in gold and a professional landscaper will be able to translate your vision, through this design, into
the environment you have always pictured.
Tip 2: Be upfront about your landscaping
A professional landscaper will try their very best to keep within
your budget. Be open about your budget and always have a little left
in your pocket for the unforseen. This way, the landscaper will know what they
have to work with and will be able to look for more innovative and economical ways to achieve your
dream garden. This will save both parties time and energy when trying to work toward to an
Tip 3: Always work with your landscaper
Make sure that your landscaper provides you with some form of drawing for the proposed construction. This plan should have the number and types of plants
marked as well as any structures. In most cases, it will be a scaled, plan-view design just as you would have to construct your home. It's not uncommon for a large landscape project to be out of reach for many homeowners. If this applies to you, ask
your professional landscaper to help you with a timetable on phasing the
installation, with the estimated costs for each stage so that it is
easier on the pocket. This phased financing lets you avoid the interest and
fees associated with home improvement loans or putting your purchases on credit
cards. Another way of better managing the costs is to ask your landscaper to do the bulk of the difficult structural changes or planting of the
larger plants and trees, leaving you to finish things such as perennials, groundcover and the like.
Tip 4: Plan what you’re going to buy
Speak to your professional landscaper and ask about what
alternative structures or plants might be used to keep the intended feel and
design of your garden. You can always start by eliminating the more expensive plants or
those that you need to have in massed groupings.
Tip 5: Younger plants are cheaper than mature
Remember, younger plants tend to be cheaper than mature plants.
However, with younger plants, you will have to be patient while your garden grows and consider additional time spent in their horticultural needs. A professional landscaper will have the horticulture knowledge and
experience to make the right call on which plants to buy as well as identify the
difference in the quality of plants.
Tip 6: Don't Sacrifice On Quality
Cheaper is not always better. Make sure that the plants you’re
buying look healthy. If they’re already struggling before they’re planted, don't expect a miracle to happen in your yard! Furthermore, if the plants you buy are diseased or have
insect problems, these conditions might spread to your other landscaping and you may soon be
replanting not only the new plants but also your other-wise healthy existing specimens! If there is little difference in quality, then buying the lesser priced
item is usually the wiser choice. Your landscaper will be able to tell which plants are the
healthiest but in good garden centers the experienced staff will be able to point
you in the right direction.